Dental Hygiene - Associate of Applied Science

The Associate of Applied Science in Dental Hygiene is a two-year program that educates students in the practice of comprehensive dental hygiene patient care. These practices include the administration of local anesthesia and nitrous oxide. The program’s goal is to empower students with the knowledge needed to gain employment and provide outstanding care. Dental hygienists are in high demand, and graduates find jobs in private dental practices and public healthcare clinics. Alternative career paths include sales, research and education. Following the completion of their coursework, students are required to take national, regional and state licensure examinations. This is a selective admission program and a separate application process is required. Upon acceptance, a student may enroll in the program-specific courses. To view the application process, visit

The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) of the American Dental Association.

Program At a Glance

For those who want to:

Prevent oral disease
Provide health education and patient services
Engage in community dental activities
Attain a job in a high-demand field
Strengthen their credentials

Program Snapshot

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Average Length: 4.2 Years
Credits: 92*
Average Salary: $70,860*
Graduation Retention Rate: 95%*

Possible Careers

Dental hygienist
Sales representative

*Costs are estimates and are subject to change. Please visit the tuition and fees details page for precise details or call 417-447-7500. Degree time/credits vary with students' enrollment and course completion. Graduation retention varies by case. For program enrollment, retention, exam/certification, and employment rates visit Student Outcomes/Student Right-to-Know. Salary information is provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Some careers on this list may require additional education and training. For program-specific accreditation visit OTC Accreditation.

Degree Requirements

credit hours
Program Required Courses
credit hours
Pre-Admission Requirements
credit hours
General Education

For the full program requirements, see curriculum. For the full list of courses, see the catalog.

Program Details

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Program Contact

Rebecca Caceres
Dental Hygiene Program Director


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